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More PM2.5 Posed Risks to Taxi Drivers, Study Says

Researchers tested taxi drivers before, during, and after the 2008 Beijing Olympics for their heart rate variability in response to varying levels of particulate matter pollution.

Pesticide Label Changes Prompted by Salmon Protection

EPA said it will ask pesticide manufacturers to voluntarily include new information on product labels, including buffer zones, limits on application and fish mortality reporting requirements.

Illinois Professor Creating a Toxics Sensor for Chemists

Kenneth S. Suslick and colleagues have developed an optoelectronic nose for the detection of toxic industrial chemicals.

DOE Awards PNNL $6.8 M for Marine, River Power Studies

Researchers will look into how fish and marine mammals are affected by water power devices and whether this power production could create "dead zones."

Competitive Birding Venues Include Superfund Site, Landfills

Bird enthusiast suggests there is something wrong with identifying and counting birds on polluted landscapes.

'Safe Room' Offers Better Air Quality during Wildfires

A room air cleaner with a HEPA filter can provide a better environment for people who suffer from emphysema, allergies or asthma during fire season.

U.S., Illinois Want Power Co. to Install Pollution Control

Midwest Generation allegedly modified its coal-fired power plant in Illinois without installing and operating the required pollution control equipment.



Two Manufacturers Answer for No General Duty of Care

Two manufacturing companies will pay civil penalties and take corrective measures to settle Clean Air Act violations resulting from explosions at two plants in 2002 and 2003 in Louisville, Ky., and Pascagoula, Miss.

Scientists Use Zinc Powder Water to Make Nanorods

Researchers in Saudi Arabia say their process is non-toxic and environmentally friendly.

Washington OKs Spill Contingency Plans for 13 Oil Operators

The approved readiness plans are the first to fully satisfy Washington's new oil spill contingency rule updated in 2006.

NEMA Web Site Has Lamp Drop-off Recycling Information

Earth911.com has partnered with the association to provide more information to visitors of LampRecycle.org.

EPA Data Show U.S. Has 584 Coal Ash Impoundments

The agency shares data on coal ash sites, including ownership, location, hazard potential, and dates of last regulatory or company assessment.

Organic Framework May Offer Safer, Denser Acetylene Storage

NIST scientists have probed a metal-organic framework that soaks up acetylene like a sponge. The finding may be useful to the chemical industry in the future.

Foundation Study Suggests Link between Toxins and Myeloma

According to Dr. Brian Durie, the study supports the notion that genetic factors affecting toxin breakdown may be related to the development of myeloma.

Ohio EPA Teams with Insurers for Brownfields' Cleanups

Those who want to voluntarily clean up a brownfield site in Ohio may be eligible for discounted insurance through a new state program.

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown to Speak at AHMP Meeting

Annual Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals conference will look at the critical role members play in developing sustainability and preparing for disasters.

MDs Say Solar and Wind Power Not as Risky to Workers

Wind and solar power jobs appear to offer less risk than those associated with coal, oil, and natural gas, according to Drs. Sumner and Layde.

Researcher Examines Arsenic Exposure-Flu Link in Podcast

Study finds 100 ppb arsenic in drinking water compromises the immune response of mice; research recommends water well users get water tested.

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